Can Schools Save Indigenous Languages?: Policy and Practice on Four Continents

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This volume offers a close look at four cases of indigenous language revitalization: Maori in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Sàmi in Scandinavia, Hñähñö in Mexico and Quechua and other indigenous languages in Latin America. Essays by experts from each case are in turban discussed in international perspective by four counterpart experts.

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This volume offers a close look at four cases of indigenous language revitalization: Maori in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Sàmi in Scandinavia, Hñähñö in Mexico and Quechua and other indigenous languages in Latin America. Essays by experts from each case are in turban discussed in international perspective by four counterpart experts.

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"The book is a must for anyone interested in the revival of indigenous languages." – Birgit Brock-Utne, Compare

"Highly interesting and well integrated…chapters delighted me with qualitative details and gems of wisdom…" – Carol Benson, Language Policy

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NANCY H HORNBERGER is Professor of Education and Director of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, USA. She investigates, teaches, and consults on multilingual language education policy and practice worldwide, from an anthropological and sociolinguistic perspective. Her recent publications include Continua of Biliteracy (2003) and the Encyclopedia of Language and Education (2008).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Can Schools Save Indigenous Languages? Policy and Practice on Four Continents; N.H.Hornberger
PART I: CASE STUDIES ON FOUR CONTINENTS
"Out on the Fells, I Feel Like a Sámi" - Is There Linguistic and Cultural Equality in the Sámi School?; V.Hirvonen
Top-Down and Bottom-Up: Counterpoised Visions of Bilingual Intercultural Education in Latin America; L.E.López
Maori-Medium Education: Current Issues and Challenges; S.May & R.Hill
Learning with Differences: Strengthening Hñähñö and Bilingual Teaching in an Elementary School in Mexico City; N.RebolledoRecendiz
PART II: COMMENTARIES: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE CASE STUDIES
Revitalization Through Indigenous Education - a Forlorn Hope?; L.Huss
Commentary from an African and International Perspective; N.M.Kamwangamalu
Riding the Tiger; B.Spolsky
Schools as Strategic Tools for Indigenous Language Revitalization: Lessons From Native America; T.L.McCarty
Index

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